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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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A Christmas Carol (1843)

by Charles Dickens

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A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.
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    The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford (bell7)
    bell7: Les Standiford explores the many ways in which Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" affected our celebration of Christmas.
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    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (ncgraham)
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    Stories For Christmas by Charles Dickens (ReadHanded)
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    The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde (chrisharpe)
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    The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: The Haunted Man is the last of Charles Dickens' five Christmas tales and the one most like A Christmas Carol.
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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll (cometahalley)
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    A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness (keremix)
    keremix: I don't wanna give spoilers, but for me it was hard to miss the things these two books have in common.
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    The Lives and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge by Paul Davis (JGKC)
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    Marley: A Novel by Jon Clinch (Cecrow)
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    The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey (jonathankws)
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    When We Were Young: A Novel (The Baxter Family) by Karen Kingsbury (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both have male protagonists who experience visions of the past and of the future and whose visions cause a behavioral change. Dickens's work is about Christmas while Kingsbury's is not.
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    A Christmas Carol as a mime with narration by Kay Macaulife (KayCliff)
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    I Saw Three Ships by Elizabeth Goudge (Voracious_Reader)
    Voracious_Reader: Sweet, short Christmas story. Not a similar plot to A Christmas Carol, but I find it more enjoyable.
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    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (cometahalley)
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    The Three Christmases of William Spencer by Derek Blount (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both books look at three different periods in the main characters life. In Dickens it is past, present, and future. In Blount, it is childhood, adulthood, and old age.
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    The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life by Philip Van Doren Stern (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: The Greatest Gift is the book that was turned into It's a Wonderful Life, probably the second best Christmas story after A Christmas Carol!
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    Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood (kathrynnd)
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I love the lyrical feeling to this story. I'm not sure that I would rate it five stars if this was my first experience with it, but I have so many good memories surrounding this story (and the seeing play performed live many, many times, plus a host of movies) that I can't help but feel good when reading it.

This book won't be for everyone; Dickens isn't for everyone even in this, his most accessible work; but those who can find it in themselves to enjoy this story should love it for the generous spirit it encourages.

(Those long sentences, though. They get in your brain and it can be hard to get them out again.) ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
The 8th of Dickens' 24 major works, and the 1st of his 5 "Christmas novellas".... well, this is just wonderful, isn't it? Next to the characters of Oliver Twist, Scrooge and his ghosts - not to mention that little brat Tim - must be the most well-known Dickensians of our cultural consciousness. This is just first-class stuff, showcasing Dickens' skill for shorter fiction. Scrooge is perhaps Dickens' first real character. No, he's no Emma Bovary, I'll admit. But the short bursts we get of his life, combined with the ultimate causes of his change, give more insight than we saw in Oliver, Nicholas, Nell, and Barnaby. I think every person in the Western world has read this novella but, if you haven't, what are you waiting for? (The other four Christmas novellas... yeah, not so much.) ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 27, 2020 |
Near fine with original cover
  JamesLemons | Apr 26, 2020 |
Very good condition
  JamesLemons | Apr 26, 2020 |
Hadn't read this before but every page seemed familiar somehow, from the 'male was dead' opening line onwards. A tale of redemption it seems slightly flatter than some of Dickens' other works, we never even know what the nature of scrooge's business is. Come on we all the story or think we do? And indeed there are no surprises. A mere 100 pages I read in two sittings. A four star book. ( )
  mick745 | Apr 8, 2020 |
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A Christmas Treasury of Yuletide Stories and Poems by James Charlton

Five Novels: A Christmas Carol/David Copperfield/Great Expectations/Oliver Twist/A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations / Hard Times / A Christmas Carol / A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Christmas Stories, Part 1 by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol / The Chimes / The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens

Christmas Books by Charles Dickens

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Mickey’s Christmas Carol by Walt Disney Productions

A Christmas Carol [adapted - Great Illustrated Classics] by Malvina G. Vogel

Scrooged [1988 film] by Richard Donner

A Christmas Carol [adapted - Oxford Bookworms] by Clare West

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Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
Para começar, quero ganatir que Marley estava morto. Sobre isso não havia a menor dúvida.
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"God bless us, every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"
Marley was dead: to begin with.
If you should happen, by any unlikely chance, to know a man more blest in a laugh than Scrooge's nephew, all I can say is I should like to know him too.
[This is when Scrooge is about to meet the Ghost of Christmas Past. The clock has struck 12 and he's wondering if it's noon or midnight, even though it's dark. He's not hearing people rushing around outside, though. Because the story was first published in 1843, this snark must be about the US depression of 1837-1844.]

... This was a great relief, because 'three days after sight of this First of Exchange pay to Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge or his order,' and so forth, would have become a mere United States security if there were no days to count by.
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This work contains various editions of the unabridged book "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Please do not combine it with adaptations or abridgments, or with collections that contain additional works.
I am assuming (without any evidence!) that the Puffin children's edition is an adaptation: if you know that it is NOT, please combine with the main work, otherwise leave it be.
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ISBN 1568461828 is not a DK Eyewitness Classics edition.
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Filled with description, Charles Dickens writes about the struggles of a poor family and the despicable Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a ruthless man who only cares about himself and money. Scrooge's entire character is changed on the night of Christmas Eve when is is visited by three ghosts as he relives parts of his past and his future in order to see what has and would become of him if he does not make a dramatic change in his life. I absolutely love this story and all that it entails. It is somewhat towards the bottom of my list though because some of the description can become a bit daunting as you read this novel.
Renowned actor Tim Curry’s voice is warm, deep, and arch to the point of campiness. Curry is an actor’s actor. His voice is so distinctive as to be unmistakable. Fans of this Dickens classic will enjoy hearing Curry manifest the coterie of pithy characters that inhabit this novel, ranging from small boy to old man to dire ghost. Curry’s knowing tone suits this fable well. His dramatic but nuanced performance highlights the emotions of loss, fear, hope, and joy that inform this text. Curry takes delight in the macabre aspects of this gothic tale. His irreverent take on this famous novel heightens the drama even for listeners who know the story inside and out.
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